Seabrook to play vs. Penguins

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Seabrook to play vs. Penguins

PITTSBURGH Brent Seabrook didnt feel too bad after the hit from behind he took Sunday night. And two days later, he feels good enough to play.

The defenseman will play tonight and Ray Emery will get his sixth consecutive start when the Chicago Blackhawks take on the Pittsburgh Penguins. Seabrook, who took the hit from Rene Bourque late in the first period on Sunday night, said he was never knocked out and actually felt OK when he went off the ice. But he was removed for precautionary reasons and says he feels fine now.

I remember the whole thing. I just got hit, I heard Bourque say right away he was sorry. I couldnt get up so I just put my head down and everybody seemed to think I was knocked out, he said. I said I felt fine, that I could go back out there.

But the Blackhawks were understandably erring on the side of caution.

You want to side with that as you go along here, especially where hes been (with head injuries), coach Joel Quenneville said. For the docs and the trainers, it was an easy call.

Seabrook had at least two other head injuries, coming off hits from James Wisniewski and Raffi Torres, respectively. Fortunately, hes missed little time due to any of them. Its another example of how you just cant judge how these hits affect one player to another.

Bourque got suspended two games for the hit. Quenneville said that was fair.

I think they got their job to do, Quenneville said. Both guys were probably in tough spots. That can happen.

Meanwhile, Daniel Carcillo is out for tonights game and doubtful for tomorrows game against the Montreal Canadiens.

And with the back to back, Quenneville said theres a good chance Corey Crawford starts in goal against the Canadiens. If he does, it will be Crawfords first start this month.

Report: Former Blackhawks winger Kris Versteeg to sign with Swiss League

Report: Former Blackhawks winger Kris Versteeg to sign with Swiss League

After struggling to find a new home this offseason as an unrestricted free agent, Kris Versteeg is expected to leave the National Hockey League and sign with SC Bern of National League A, better known as the Swiss League, according to TSN's Darren Dreger.

The former Blackhawks forward, who spent five seasons in Chicago from 2007-10 and 2013-15, scored 15 goals and 23 assists in 77 games last year with the Carolina Hurricanes and Los Angeles Kings.

It was his highest point total (38) in a season since 2011-12 when he tallied 54 with the Florida Panthers.

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There's no question Versteeg can contribute on the bottom-six for a contender in the NHL, but at 30 years of age and already with two Stanley Cups under his belt, perhaps he feels he can play a larger role elsewhere and will look to accomplish that overseas.

Bouncing around six different times (all via trades) certainly takes a toll, too.

In 550 career games, Versteeg has 131 goals and 182 assists across nine seasons in the NHL with the Blackhawks, Toronto Maple Leafs, Philadelphia Flyers, Panthers, Hurricanes and Kings. 

He was drafted in the fifth round (No. 134 overall) of the 2004 draft by the Boston Bruins.

Blackhawks Marketing Department wins Golden Matrix Award

Blackhawks Marketing Department wins Golden Matrix Award

The Blackhawks organization doesn't only win on the ice.

The team announced Wednesday that their Marketing Department's #WhatsYourGoal campaign, specifically the #WhatsYourGoal: Jenny spot with Head Coach Joel Quenneville, was honored with the Golden Matrix Award for the Best Promotional Video at the 2016 Information Display Entertainment Association (IDEA) Conference for the second consecutive year. 

Additionally, the Blackhawks Game Operations Department and United Center Scoreboard Operations Department were named the NHL's Best Overall Video Display and Production for the second year in a row. These same departments also received the Golden Matrix Award for Best Overall Video Display in the NHL at the 2008 and 2009 IDEA Conferences. 

IDEA recognizes superior achievement throughout the large screen video and matrix display industry by awarding its Golden Matrix Awards (GMAs) at the annual IDEA Conference. The purpose of the GMAs is to recognize artistic and technical excellence in the programming of large screen video and matrix displays located at stadiums, arenas, racetracks, convention centers and other public assembly facilities.

Just last month, Blackhawks players Patrick Kane and Artemi Panarin took home multiple awards at the NHL Awards ceremony for their impressive performances on the ice in 2016. Kane won the Hart Trophy for most valuable player, as well as the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL's regular-season scoring leader and the Ted Lindsay Award as the league's most outstanding player. Panarin was named the Calder Trophy winner for top rookie in the NHL this past season.

Blackhawks to appear on NHL-high 21 nationally televised games

Blackhawks to appear on NHL-high 21 nationally televised games

The Blackhawks announced their 2016-17 regular-season national television schedule Thursday, and there will be plenty of opportunities (21, to be exact) for people across the country to catch a Chicago Blackhawks game on television this year.

The Blackhawks will be making a league-high 21 national television appearances starting with their season-opener on Wednesday, Oct. 12 when they host the St. Louis Blues at 7 p.m. on NBCSN.

Stay tuned for CSN to release the entire local television schedule, including the preseason broadcast schedule, at a later date.

Here is the full Blackhawks' national television schedule: